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Ceres Tactical Commodity

Filed: 12 Nov 20, 12:20pm

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(X) QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2020

OR ( ) TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from             to             

Commission File Number 000-52602

CERES TACTICAL COMMODITY L.P.

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

New York 20-2718952

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

c/o Ceres Managed Futures LLC

522 Fifth Avenue

New York, New York 10036

 

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(855) 672-4468

 

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

 

Title of each class

 

 

Trading symbol(s)

 

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes X     No   

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).

Yes X     No   

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   

  

Accelerated filer   

  

Non-accelerated filer X

Smaller reporting company   

  

Emerging growth company   

  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.     

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes       No X

As of October 31, 2020, 55,912.8437 Limited Partnership Class A Redeemable Units were outstanding, 600.0580 Limited Partnership Class D Redeemable Units were outstanding and 183.5150 Limited Partnership Class Z Redeemable Units were outstanding.


PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements.

Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Statements of Financial Condition

 

   September 30,
2020
   December 31,
2019
 
   (Unaudited)   

 

 

Assets:

    

Investment in the Funds(1), at fair value

  $12,494,449   $19,760,928 

Redemptions receivable from the Funds

   36,278    2,050,873 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Equity in trading account:

    

Unrestricted cash

   67,240,561    66,262,634 

Restricted cash

   7,822,549    5,558,690 

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

   2,546,027    3,104,619 

Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

   -        255,669 

Options purchased, at fair value (premiums paid $2,640,517 and $804,127 at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively)

   2,920,247    308,284 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity in trading account

   80,529,384    75,489,896 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Interest receivable

   4,939    91,128 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

  $93,065,050   $97,392,825 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and Partners’ Capital:

    

Liabilities:

    

Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

  $98,429   $-     

Options written, at fair value (premiums received $3,520,742 and $690,626 at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively)

   3,873,300    169,935 

Accrued expenses:

    

Ongoing selling agent fees

   72,841    159,170 

Management fees

   114,420    121,136 

General Partner fees

   55,517    60,522 

Incentive fees

   1,848,894    814,167 

Professional fees

   192,822    227,842 

Redemptions payable to Limited Partners

   1,532,731    3,946,769 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

   7,788,954    5,499,541 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital:

    

General Partner, Class Z, 1,118.7550 Redeemable Units outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019

   1,334,942    1,195,989 

Limited Partners, Class A, 56,101.6647 and 67,005.2267 Redeemable Units outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

   83,105,252    90,062,572 

Limited Partners, Class D, 600.0580 Redeemable Units outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019

   704,425    634,723 

Limited Partners, Class Z, 110.1850 and 0.0000 Redeemable Units outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

   131,477    -     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total partners’ capital (net asset value)

   85,276,096    91,893,284 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and partners’ capital

  $93,065,050   $97,392,825 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit:

    

Class A

  $1,481.33   $1,344.11 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Class D

  $1,173.93   $1,057.77 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Class Z

  $1,193.24   $1,069.04 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) 

Defined in Note 1.

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

1


Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Condensed Schedule of Investments

September 30, 2020

(Unaudited)

 

   Number of
Contracts
��  Fair Value  % of Partners’
Capital
 

Futures Contracts Purchased

     

Currencies

   4   $(207  (0.00)*% 

Energy

     

NAT GAS LAST DAY Nov 20 - Dec 22

   1,762    6,305,040   7.39 

Henry LD1 Fix FUT Dec 20 - Mar 22

   5,626    5,038,330   5.91 

Other

   7,526    199,900   0.23 

Grains

   719    597,549   0.70 

Indices

   388    53,653   0.06 

Livestock

   87    141,100   0.17 

Metals

   89    34,474   0.04 

Softs

   153    23,916   0.03 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total futures contracts purchased

     12,393,755   14.53 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Futures Contracts Sold

     

Energy

     

NAT GAS LAST DAY Jan 21 - Oct 22

   1,478    (5,604,430  (6.57

Other

   7,073    (3,799,843  (4.45

Grains

   640    (451,226  (0.53

Indices

   419    (10,647  (0.01

Livestock

   120    (15,372  (0.02

Metals

   4    213   0.00

Softs

   73    33,577   0.04 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total futures contracts sold

     (9,847,728  (11.54
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

    $2,546,027   2.99
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Unrealized Appreciation on Open Forward Contracts

     

Metals

   579   $1,256,367   1.47
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

     1,256,367   1.47 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Unrealized Depreciation on Open Forward Contracts

     

Metals

   732    (1,354,796  (1.59
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

     (1,354,796  (1.59
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

    $(98,429  (0.12)% 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Options Purchased

     

Calls

     

Energy

   1,307   $1,930,114   2.26

Grains

   18    68,175   0.08 

Metals

   205    358,300   0.42 

Puts

     

Energy

   875    298,760   0.35 

Metals

   195    264,898   0.31 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total options purchased (premiums paid $2,640,517)

    $2,920,247   3.42
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Options Written

     

Calls

     

Energy

   1,495   $(1,919,556  (2.25)% 

Metals

   202    (558,146  (0.65

Softs

   20    (17,696  (0.02

Puts

     

Energy

   873    (1,080,208  (1.27

Metals

   185    (205,353  (0.24

Softs

   66    (92,341  (0.11
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total options written (premiums received $3,520,742)

    $(3,873,300  (4.54)% 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 
Investment in the Funds      Fair Value  % of Partners’
Capital
 

CMF NL Master Fund LLC

    $3,471,195   4.07

CMF Aquantum Master Fund LLC

     9,023,254   10.58 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total investment in the Funds

    $12,494,449   14.65
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

*

Due to rounding.

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

2


Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Condensed Schedule of Investments

December 31, 2019

 

   Number of
Contracts
   Fair Value  % of Partners’
Capital
 

Futures Contracts Purchased

     

Energy

   12,781   $(7,621,903)  (8.29)% 

Grains

   453    274,002   0.30 

Indices

   440    (354,176  (0.39

Livestock

   56    10,540   0.01 

Metals

   165    285,840   0.31 

Softs

   343    253,714   0.28 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total futures contracts purchased

     (7,151,983  (7.78
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Futures Contracts Sold

     

Energy

     

NAT GAS LAST DAY Mar 20 - Mar 22

   2,556    5,386,190   5.86 

Other

   10,416    4,966,843   5.41 

Grains

   590    (256,702  (0.28

Indices

   380    322,626   0.35 

Livestock

   54    10,710   0.01 

Metals

   66    4,075   0.00

Softs

   323    (177,140  (0.19
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total futures contracts sold

     10,256,602   11.16 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

    $3,104,619   3.38
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Unrealized Appreciation on Open Forward Contracts

     

Metals

   658   $3,736,333   4.07
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

     3,736,333   4.07 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Unrealized Depreciation on Open Forward Contracts

     

Metals

   616    (3,480,664  (3.79

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

     (3,480,664  (3.79
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

    $255,669   0.28
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Options Purchased

     

Calls

     

Energy

   950   $186,010   0.21

Metals

   131    3,869   0.00

Puts

     

Energy

   58    41,395   0.05 

Metals

   68    77,010   0.08 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total options purchased (premiums paid $804,127)

    $308,284   0.34
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Options Written

     

Calls

     

Energy

   1,094   $(52,690  (0.06)% 

Metals

   120    (3,869  (0.00)* 

Puts

     

Energy

   57    (36,366  (0.04

Metals

   68    (77,010  (0.08
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total options written (premiums received $690,626)

    $(169,935  (0.18)% 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 
Investment in the Funds      Fair Value  % of Partners’
Capital
 

CMF NL Master Fund LLC

    $4,427,510   4.82

CMF Aquantum Master Fund LLC

     15,333,418   16.68 
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total investment in the Funds

    $19,760,928   21.50
    

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

*

Due to rounding.

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

3


Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Statements of Income and Expenses

(Unaudited)

 

   Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
   2020  2019  2020  2019 

Investment Income:

     

Interest income

  $16,175  $351,017  $222,256  $1,431,960 

Interest income allocated from the Fund(s)

   2,651   129,557   59,589   222,329 
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total investment income

   18,826   480,574   281,845   1,654,289 
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Expenses:

     

Expenses allocated from the Fund(s)

   42,466   128,345   237,421   250,145 

Clearing fees related to direct investments

   216,436   256,332   654,389   909,209 

Ongoing selling agent fees

   218,965   498,207   1,106,365   1,580,027 

Management fees

   343,655   376,803   1,035,499   1,185,208 

General Partner fees

   166,804   189,257   504,556   600,462 

Incentive fees

   1,251,629   31,949   2,278,045   319,262 

Professional fees

   101,148   101,497   247,839   328,643 
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total expenses

   2,341,103   1,582,390   6,064,114   5,172,956 
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net investment loss

   (2,322,277  (1,101,816  (5,782,269  (3,518,667
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Trading Results:

     

Net gains (losses) on trading of commodity interests and investment in the Fund(s):

     

Net realized gains (losses) on closed contracts

   4,810,682   3,384,845   14,958,682   10,808,601 

Net realized gains (losses) on closed contracts allocated from the Fund(s)

   (22,288  (2,816,167  (171,577  (2,287,210

Net change in unrealized gains (losses) on open contracts

   3,964,519   (1,659,790  (1,018,750  (3,633,307

Net change in unrealized gains (losses) on open contracts allocated from the Fund(s)

   391,963   (64,733  528,983   (1,445,090
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total trading results

   9,144,876   (1,155,845  14,297,338   3,442,994 
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

  $6,822,599  $(2,257,661 $8,515,069  $(75,673
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per Redeemable Unit: *

     

Class A

  $112.83  $(29.12 $137.22  $(3.67
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Class D

  $90.11  $(19.57 $116.16  $6.72 
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Class Z

  $93.71  $(17.78 $124.20  $12.52 
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Weighted average Redeemable Units outstanding:

     

Class A

   58,548.0084   75,803.5184   61,886.5275   79,022.6708 
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Class D

   600.0580   600.0580   600.0580   600.0580 
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Class Z

   1,214.8660   1,217.9570   1,167.8557   1,339.2599 
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

*

Represents the change in net asset value per Redeemable Unit during the period.

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

4


Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital

For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 and 2019

(Unaudited)

 

  Class A  Class D  Class Z  Total 
  Amount  Redeemable
Units
  Amount  Redeemable
Units
  Amount  Redeemable
Units
  Amount  Redeemable
Units
 

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2018

 $56,857,034   43,713.9067  $606,507   600.0580  $755,325   745.0230  $58,218,866   45,058.9877 

Subscriptions - General Partner

  -       -       -       -       680,750   671.4640   680,750   671.4640 

Subscriptions - Limited Partners

  52,019,698   39,975.1700   -       -       100,000   99.2020   52,119,698   40,074.3720 

Redemptions - General Partner

  -       -       -       -       (315,025  (297.7320  (315,025  (297.7320

Redemptions - Limited Partners

  (13,448,867  (10,196.6440  -       -       -       -       (13,448,867  (10,196.6440

Net income (loss)

  (108,709  -       4,031   -       29,005   -       (75,673  -     
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, September 30, 2019

 $95,319,156   73,492.4327  $610,538   600.0580  $1,250,055   1,217.9570  $97,179,749   75,310.4477 
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, June 30, 2019

 $101,227,212   76,333.6607  $622,287   600.0580  $1,271,711   1,217.9570  $103,121,210   78,151.6757 

Redemptions - Limited Partners

  (3,683,800  (2,841.2280  -       -       -       -       (3,683,800  (2,841.2280

Net income (loss)

  (2,224,256  -       (11,749  -       (21,656  -       (2,257,661  -     
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, September 30, 2019

 $95,319,156   73,492.4327  $610,538   600.0580  $1,250,055   1,217.9570  $97,179,749   75,310.4477 
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 
  Class A  Class D  Class Z  Total 
  Amount  Redeemable
Units
  Amount  Redeemable
Units
  Amount  Redeemable
Units
  Amount  Redeemable
Units
 

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2019

 $90,062,572   67,005.2267  $634,723   600.0580  $1,195,989   1,118.7550  $91,893,284   68,724.0397 

Subscriptions - Limited Partners

  497,754   356.9400   -       -       123,260   110.1850   621,014   467.1250 

Redemptions - Limited Partners

  (15,753,271  (11,260.5020  -       -       -       -       (15,753,271  (11,260.5020

Net income (loss)

  8,298,197   -       69,702   -       147,170   -       8,515,069   -     
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, September 30, 2020

 $83,105,252   56,101.6647  $704,425   600.0580  $1,466,419   1,228.9400  $85,276,096   57,930.6627 
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, June 30, 2020

 $81,638,393   59,655.4467  $650,353   600.0580  $1,303,049   1,185.0920  $83,591,795   61,440.5967 

Subscriptions - Limited Partners

  249,821   179.0190   -       -       50,000   43.8480   299,821   222.8670 

Redemptions - Limited Partners

  (5,438,119  (3,732.8010  -       -       -       -       (5,438,119  (3,732.8010

Net income (loss)

  6,655,157   -       54,072   -       113,370   -       6,822,599   -     
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, September 30, 2020

 $83,105,252   56,101.6647  $704,425   600.0580  $1,466,419   1,228.9400  $85,276,096   57,930.6627 
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

5


Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

1.

Organization:

Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P. (the “Partnership”) is a limited partnership organized on April 20, 2005 under the partnership laws of the State of New York to engage, directly and indirectly, in the speculative trading of commodity interests on United States (“U.S.”) and international futures, options on futures and forward markets. The Partnership may also engage, directly or indirectly, in swap transactions and other derivative transactions with the approval of the General Partner (as defined below). Initially, the Partnership’s investment strategy focused on energy and energy-related investments. While the Partnership is expected to continue to have significant exposure to energy and energy-related markets, such trading will no longer be the Partnership’s primary focus. Therefore, the Partnership’s past trading performance will not necessarily be indicative of future results. The sectors traded include energy, grains, livestock, metals and softs. The commodity interests that are traded by the Partnership, directly or indirectly through its investment in the Funds (as defined below) are volatile and involve a high degree of market risk. The General Partner may also determine to invest up to all of the Partnership’s assets (directly or indirectly through its investment in the Funds) in U.S. Treasury bills and/or money market mutual funds, including money market mutual funds managed by Morgan Stanley or its affiliates. During the initial offering period, the Partnership sold 11,925 redeemable units of limited partnership interest (“Redeemable Units”). The Partnership commenced trading on September 6, 2005. The Partnership privately and continuously offers Redeemable Units to qualified investors. There is no maximum number of Redeemable Units that may be sold by the Partnership.

Ceres Managed Futures LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, acts as the general partner (the “General Partner”) and commodity pool operator of the Partnership and is the trading manager (the “Trading Manager”) of NL Master (as defined below) and Aquantum Master (as defined below). The General Partner was also the Trading Manager of Harbour Square Master (as defined below) prior to Harbour Square Master’s termination. The General Partner is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Domestic Holdings, Inc. (“MSD Holdings”). MSD Holdings is ultimately owned by Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is a publicly held company whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Morgan Stanley is engaged in various financial services and other businesses.

As of September 30, 2020, all trading decisions are made for the Partnership by Millburn Ridgefield Corporation (“Millburn”), Ospraie Management, LLC (“Ospraie”), Aquantum GmbH (“Aquantum”), Pan Capital Management L.P. (“Pan”), and Northlander Commodity Advisors LLP (“Northlander”) (each, an “Advisor” and, collectively, the “Advisors”), each, a registered commodity trading advisor. On March 31, 2019, the Partnership fully redeemed its investment in CMF Harbour Square Master Fund LLC (“Harbour Square Master”). Also effective March 31, 2019, Harbour Square Capital Management LLC (“Harbour Square”) ceased to act as a commodity trading advisor to the Partnership. Each Advisor is allocated a portion of the Partnership’s assets to manage. The Partnership invests the portion of its assets allocated to each of the Advisors either directly, through individually managed accounts, or indirectly through its investment in the Funds. References herein to the “Advisors” may also include, as relevant, Harbour Square. The Advisors are not affiliated with one another, are not affiliated with the General Partner and MS&Co. and are not responsible for the organization or operation of the Partnership.

As of June 13, 2018, the Partnership began offering three classes of limited partnership interests, Class A Redeemable Units, Class D Redeemable Units and Class Z Redeemable Units. All Redeemable Units issued prior to October 31, 2016 were deemed “Class A Redeemable Units.” Class Z Redeemable Units were first issued on January 1, 2017. The rights, liabilities, risks and fees associated with investment in the Class A Redeemable Units were not changed. Class D Redeemable Units were first issued on July 1, 2018. The rights, liabilities, risks and fees associated with investment in the Class A Redeemable Units and Class Z Redeemable Units were not changed. Class A Redeemable Units, Class D Redeemable Units and Class Z Redeemable Units will each be referred to as a “Class” and collectively referred to as the “Classes.” Class A Redeemable Units and Class D Redeemable Units are available to taxable U.S. individuals and institutions, U.S. tax exempt individuals and institutions and non-U.S. investors. Class Z Redeemable Units are offered to limited partners who receive advisory services from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (doing business as Morgan Stanley Wealth Management) (“Morgan Stanley Wealth Management”) and may also be offered to certain employees of Morgan Stanley and/or its subsidiaries (and their family members). Class A Redeemable Units, Class D Redeemable Units and Class Z Redeemable Units are identical, except that effective July 1, 2020 Class A Redeemable Units are subject to a monthly ongoing selling agent fee equal to 1/12 of 1.00% (a 1.00% annual rate) of the net assets of Class A as of the end of each month, which differs from the Class D Redeemable Units monthly ongoing selling agent fee of 1/12 of 0.75% (a 0.75% annual rate) of the net assets of Class D as of the end of each month. Prior to July 1, 2020, Class A Redeemable Units were subject to a monthly ongoing selling agent fee equal to 1/12 of 2.00% (a 2.00% annual rate) of the net assets of Class A as of the end of each month. Class Z Redeemable Units are not subject to a monthly ongoing selling agent fee.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

During the reporting periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, the Partnership’s/Funds’ commodity broker was Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“MS&Co.”), a registered futures commission merchant.

Millburn, Ospraie and Pan directly trade the Partnership’s assets allocated to each Advisor through managed accounts in the name of the Partnership pursuant to Millburn’s Commodity Program, Ospraie’s Commodity Program and Pan’s Energy Trading Program, respectively.

The Partnership, CMF NL Master Fund LLC (“NL Master”) and CMF Aquantum Master Fund LLC (“Aquantum Master”) have entered, and (prior to its termination) Harbour Square Master had entered, into futures brokerage account agreements with MS&Co. NL Master and Aquantum Master are collectively referred to as the “Funds.” References herein to the “Funds” may also include, as relevant, Harbour Square Master. The Partnership, directly and through its investment in the Funds, pays MS&Co. (or will reimburse MS&Co. if previously paid) its allocable share of all trading fees for the clearing and, where applicable, the execution of transactions as well as exchange, user, give-up, floor brokerage and National Futures Association fees (collectively, the “clearing fees”).

The Partnership has also entered into a selling agreement (as amended, the “Selling Agreement”) with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Pursuant to the Selling Agreement, the Partnership pays Morgan Stanley Wealth Management a monthly ongoing selling agent fee equal to (i) effective July 1, 2020, 1.0% per year of month-end Net Assets of Class A Redeemable Units and (ii) 0.75% per year of month-end Net Assets of Class D Redeemable Units. Prior to July 1, 2020, the Partnership paid Morgan Stanley Wealth Management a monthly ongoing selling agent fee equal to 2.0% per year of month-end Net Assets of Class A Redeemable Units. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management pays a portion of its ongoing selling agent fees to properly registered or exempted financial advisors who have sold Class A and Class D Redeemable Units in the Partnership. Class Z Redeemable Units are not subject to a monthly ongoing selling agent fee.

The General Partner fees, management fees, incentive fees and professional fees of the Partnership are allocated proportionally to each Class based on the net asset value of each Class.

The General Partner has delegated certain administrative functions to SS&C Technologies, Inc., a Delaware corporation, currently doing business as SS&C GlobeOp (the “Administrator”). Pursuant to a master services agreement, the Administrator furnishes certain administrative, accounting, regulatory reporting, tax and other services as agreed from time to time. In addition, the Administrator maintains certain books and records of the Partnership. The cost of retaining the Administrator is allocated among the pools operated by the General Partner, including the Partnership.

 

2.

Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies:

The accompanying financial statements and accompanying notes are unaudited but, in the opinion of the General Partner, include all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of the Partnership’s financial condition at September 30, 2020 and the results of its operations and changes in partners’ capital for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019. These financial statements present the results of interim periods and do not include all disclosures normally provided in annual financial statements. These financial statements should be read together with the financial statements and notes included in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for the year ended December 31, 2019. The December 31, 2019 information has been derived from the audited financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Due to the nature of commodity trading, the results of operations for the interim periods presented should not be considered indicative of the results that may be expected for the entire year.

Use of Estimates. The preparation of financial statements and accompanying notes in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) requires the General Partner to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses, and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities in the financial statements and accompanying notes. As a result, actual results could differ from these estimates, and those differences could be material.

Profit Allocation. The General Partner and each limited partner of the Partnership share in the profits and losses of the Partnership in proportion to the amount of Partnership interest owned by each, except that no limited partner is liable for obligations of the Partnership in excess of its capital contributions and profits, if any, net of distributions or redemptions and losses, if any.

 

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Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Statement of Cash Flows. The Partnership has not provided a Statement of Cash Flows, as permitted by Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 230, “Statement of Cash Flows.” The Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital is included herein, and as of and for the periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, the Partnership carried no debt and all of the Partnership’s and the Funds’ investments were carried at fair value and classified as Level 1 and Level 2 measurements.

Partnership’s Investment in the Funds. The Partnership carries its investment in the Funds based on the Partnership’s (1) net contribution to the Funds and (2) its allocated share of the undistributed profits and losses, including realized gains or losses and net change in unrealized gains or losses, of the Funds.

Partnership’s/Funds’ Derivative Investments. All commodity interests held by the Partnership/Funds, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments, are held for trading purposes. The commodity interests are recorded on the trade date and open contracts are recorded at fair value (as described in Note 5, “Fair Value Measurements”) at the measurement date. Investments in commodity interests denominated in foreign currencies are translated into U.S. dollars at the exchange rates prevailing at the measurement date. Gains or losses are realized when contracts are liquidated and are determined using the first-in, first-out method. Net unrealized gains or losses on open contracts are included as a component of equity in trading account in the Partnership’s/Funds’ Statements of Financial Condition. Net realized gains or losses and net change in unrealized gains or losses are included in the Partnership’s/Funds’ Statements of Income and Expenses.

The Partnership/Funds do not isolate the portion of the results of operations arising from the effect of changes in foreign exchange rates on investments due to fluctuations from changes in market prices of investments held. Such fluctuations are included in total trading results in the Partnership’s/Funds’ Statements of Income and Expenses.

Partnership’s Cash. The Partnership’s restricted cash is equal to the cash portion of assets on deposit to meet margin requirements, as determined by the exchange or counterparty, and required by MS&Co. At September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the amount of cash held for margin requirements was $7,822,549 and $5,558,690, respectively. Cash that is not classified as restricted cash is therefore classified as unrestricted cash. The Partnership’s restricted and unrestricted cash includes cash denominated in foreign currencies of $29,394 (cost of $27,782) and $447,427 (cost of $437,431) as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.

Income Taxes. Income taxes have not been recorded as each partner is individually liable for the taxes, if any, on its share of the Partnership’s income and expenses. The Partnership follows the guidance of ASC 740, “Income Taxes,” which prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for financial statement recognition and measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in the course of preparing the Partnership’s tax returns to determine whether the tax positions are “more-likely-than-not” of being sustained “when challenged” or “when examined” by the applicable tax authority. Tax positions determined not to meet the more-likely-than-not threshold would be recorded as a tax benefit or liability in the Partnership’s Statements of Financial Condition for the current year. If a tax position does not meet the minimum statutory threshold to avoid the incurring of penalties, an expense for the amount of the statutory penalty and interest, if applicable, shall be recognized in the Statements of Income and Expenses in the period in which the position is claimed or expected to be claimed. The General Partner has concluded that there are no significant uncertain tax positions that would require recognition in the financial statements. The Partnership files U.S. federal and various state and local tax returns. No income tax returns are currently under examination. The 2016 through 2019 tax years remain subject to examination by U.S. federal and most state tax authorities.

Investment Company Status. The Partnership has been deemed to be an investment company since inception. Accordingly, the Partnership follows the investment company accounting and reporting guidance of Accounting Standards Update 2013-08 “Financial Services—Investment Companies (Topic 946): Amendments to the Scope, Measurement and Disclosure Requirements” and reflects its investments at fair value with unrealized gains and losses resulting from changes in fair value reflected in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

Net Income (Loss) per Redeemable Unit. Net income (loss) per Redeemable Unit for each Class is calculated in accordance with ASC 946, “Financial Services – Investment Companies.” See Note 3, “Financial Highlights.”

There have been no material changes with respect to the Partnership’s critical accounting policies as reported in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

3.

Financial Highlights:

Financial highlights for the limited partner Classes as a whole for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were as follows. There were no Class Z limited partner Redeemable Units held prior to February 1, 2019 or from the close of business on December 31, 2019 to January 31, 2020.

 

  Three Months Ended
September 30, 2020
  Three Months Ended
September 30, 2019
  Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2020
  Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2019
 
  Class A  Class D  Class Z  Class A  Class D  Class Z  Class A  Class D  Class Z **  Class A  Class D  Class Z *** 

Per Redeemable Unit Performance (for a unit outstanding throughout the period): *

            

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)

   $151.61     $119.97     $120.56     $(14.75)    $(11.51)    $(11.60)    $228.90     $180.99     $182.77     $40.34     $31.24     $34.75  

Net investment loss

  (38.78)   (29.86)   (26.85)   (14.37)   (8.06)   (6.18)   (91.68)   (64.83)   (56.07)   (44.01)   (24.52)   (16.44) 
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) for the period

  112.83    90.11    93.71    (29.12)   (19.57)   (17.78)   137.22    116.16    126.70    (3.67)   6.72    18.31  

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, beginning of period

  1,368.50    1,083.82    1,099.53    1,326.11    1,037.04    1,044.13    1,344.11    1,057.77    1,066.54    1,300.66    1,010.75    1,008.04  
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, end of period

   $1,481.33     $1,173.93     $1,193.24     $1,296.99     $1,017.47     $1,026.35     $1,481.33     $1,173.93     $1,193.24     $1,296.99     $1,017.47     $1,026.35  
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 
  Three Months Ended
September 30, 2020
  Three Months Ended
September 30, 2019
  Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2020
  Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2019
 
  Class A  Class D  Class Z  Class A  Class D  Class Z  Class A  Class D  Class Z **  Class A  Class D  Class Z *** 

Ratios to Average Limited Partners’ Capital: ****

            

Net investment loss *****

  (6.5)   (6.1)   (5.7)   (4.3)   (3.0)   (2.2)   (8.0)   (7.0)   (6.6)   (4.4)   (3.1)   (2.3) 
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Operating expenses

  5.1    4.8    4.4    6.2    4.9    4.1    5.8    4.8    4.3    6.2    4.9    4.1  

Incentive fees

  1.5    1.4    1.4    0.0  %  ******   0.0  %  ******   0.0  %  ******   2.6    2.6    2.5    0.3    0.3    0.2  
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total expenses

  6.6    6.2    5.8    6.2    4.9    4.1    8.4    7.4    6.8    6.5    5.2    4.3  
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total return:

            

Total return before incentive fees

  9.8    9.8    9.9    (2.2)   (1.9)   (1.7)   12.9    13.7    14.4    0.0  %  ******   1.0    2.0  

Incentive fees

  (1.6)   (1.5)   (1.4)   (0.0) %  ******   (0.0) %  ******   (0.0) %  ******   (2.7)   (2.7)   (2.5 )  (0.3)   (0.3)   (0.2) 
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total return after incentive fees

  8.2    8.3    8.5    (2.2 )  (1.9)   (1.7)   10.2    11.0    11.9    (0.3)   0.7    1.8  
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

*

Net investment loss per Redeemable Unit is calculated by dividing the interest income less total expenses by the average number of Redeemable Units outstanding during the period. The net realized and unrealized gains (losses) per Redeemable Unit is a balancing amount necessary to reconcile the change in net asset value per Redeemable Unit with the other per unit information.

 

**

For the period from February 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

 

***

For the period from February 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019.

 

****

Annualized (except for incentive fees).

 

*****

Interest income less total expenses.

 

******

Due to rounding.

The above ratios and total return may vary for individual investors based on the timing of capital transactions during the period. Additionally, these ratios are calculated for the limited partner Classes using the limited partners’ share of income, expenses and average partners’ capital of the Partnership and include the income and expenses allocated from the Funds.

 

4.

Trading Activities:

The Partnership was formed for the purpose of trading contracts in a variety of commodity interests, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity interests. The results of the Partnership’s trading activities are shown in the Statements of Income and Expenses. The Partnership also invests certain of its assets through a “master/feeder” structure. The Partnership’s pro-rata share of the results of the Funds’ trading activities is shown in the Partnership’s Statements of Income and Expenses.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The futures brokerage account agreements with MS&Co. give the Partnership and the Funds, respectively, the legal right to net unrealized gains and losses on open futures and forward contracts in their respective Statements of Financial Condition. The Partnership and the Funds net, for financial reporting purposes, the unrealized gains and losses on open futures and open forward contracts in their respective Statements of Financial Condition, as the criteria under ASC 210-20, “Balance Sheet,” have been met.

All of the commodity interests owned directly by the Partnership are held for trading purposes. All of the commodity interests owned by the Funds are held for trading purposes. The monthly average number of futures contracts traded directly by the Partnership during the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were 25,605 and 25,942, respectively. The monthly average number of futures contracts traded directly by the Partnership during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were 27,917 and 25,882, respectively. The monthly average number of metals forward contracts traded directly by the Partnership during the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were 1,415 and 1,484, respectively. The monthly average number of metals forward contracts traded directly by the Partnership during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were 1,403 and 1,446, respectively. The monthly average number of option contracts traded directly by the Partnership during the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were 3,010 and 2,671, respectively. The monthly average number of option contracts traded directly by the Partnership during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were 1,968 and 2,189, respectively.

Trading and transaction fees are based on the number of trades executed by the Advisors and the Partnership’s respective percentage ownership of each Fund.

All clearing fees paid to MS&Co. are borne directly by the Partnership for its direct trading. In addition, clearing fees are borne by the Funds for indirect trading and allocated to the Funds’ members, including the Partnership.

The following tables summarize the gross and net amounts recognized relating to assets and liabilities of the Partnership’s derivatives and their offsetting subject to master netting arrangements or similar agreements as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.

 

 September 30, 2020

 Gross
Amounts
Recognized
  Gross Amounts
Offset in the
Statements of
Financial
Condition
  Amounts
Presented in the
Statements of
Financial
Condition
  Gross Amounts Not Offset in the

Statements of Financial Condition

  Net Amount 
 Financial
Instruments
  Cash Collateral
Received/
Pledged*
 

 Assets

      

 Futures

   $15,890,040      $    (13,344,013)     $2,546,027      $                -        $-          $2,546,027   

 Forwards

  1,256,367     (1,256,367)    -       -       -         -       
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 Total assets

   $17,146,407      $(14,600,380)     $2,546,027      $-        $-          $2,546,027   
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 Liabilities

      

 Futures

   $(13,344,013)     $13,344,013      $-        $-        $-          $-       

 Forwards

  (1,354,796)    1,256,367     (98,429)    -       98,429     -       
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 Total liabilities

   $    (14,698,809)     $14,600,380      $(98,429)      $-        $98,429      $-       
 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 Net fair value

        $2,546,027  
      

 

 

 

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

       Gross Amounts   Amounts   Gross Amounts Not Offset in the     
       Offset in the   Presented in the   Statements of Financial Condition     
   Gross   Statements of   Statements of         Cash Collateral       
   Amounts   Financial   Financial   Financial   Received/     

 December 31, 2019      

  Recognized   Condition   Condition       Instruments       Pledged *       Net Amount     

 Assets

            

 Futures

    $12,487,330       $(9,382,711)      $        3,104,619       $-         $-         $    3,104,619   

 Forwards

   3,736,333      (3,480,664)     255,669      -        -        255,669   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 Total assets

    $16,223,663       $(12,863,375)      $3,360,288       $-         $-         $3,360,288   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 Liabilities

            

 Futures

    $(9,382,711)      $9,382,711       $-         $-         $-         $-     

 Forwards

   (3,480,664)     3,480,664      -        -        -        -     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 Total liabilities

    $(12,863,375)      $12,863,375       $-         $-         $-         $-     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 Net fair value

              $3,360,288  
            

 

 

 

 

*

In the event of default by the Partnership, MS&Co., the Partnership’s commodity futures broker and the sole counterparty to the Partnership’s non-exchange-traded contracts, as applicable, has the right to offset the Partnership’s obligation with the Partnership’s cash and/or U.S. Treasury bills held by MS&Co., thereby minimizing MS&Co.’s risk of loss. In certain instances, MS&Co. may not post collateral and as such, in the event of default by MS&Co., the Partnership is exposed to the amount shown in the Statements of Financial Condition. In the case of exchange-traded contracts, the Partnership’s exposure to counterparty risk may be reduced since the exchange’s clearinghouse interposes its credit between buyer and seller and the clearinghouse’s guarantee funds may be available in the event of a default. In some instances, the actual collateral received and/or pledged may be more than the amount shown due to overcollateralization.

 

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Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The following tables indicate the gross fair values of derivative instruments of futures, forward and option contracts held directly by the Partnership as separate assets and liabilities as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.

 

   September 30, 
   2020 

Assets

  

Futures Contracts

  

Currencies

    $499   

Energy

   14,336,659   

Grains

   673,698   

Indices

   558,058   

Livestock

   154,380   

Metals

   77,619   

Softs

   89,127   
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

   15,890,040   
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Futures Contracts

  

Currencies

   (706)  

Energy

   (12,197,662)  

Grains

   (527,375)  

Indices

   (515,052)  

Livestock

   (28,652)  

Metals

   (42,932)  

Softs

   (31,634)  
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

   (13,344,013)  
  

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

    $2,546,027  
  

 

 

 

Assets

  

Forward Contracts

  

Metals

    $1,256,367   
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

   1,256,367   
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Forward Contracts

  

Metals

   (1,354,796)  
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

   (1,354,796)  
  

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

    $(98,429) ** 
  

 

 

 

Assets

  

Options Purchased

  

Energy

    $2,228,874   

Grains

   68,175   

Metals

   623,198   
  

 

 

 

Total options purchased

    $2,920,247  *** 
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Options Written

  

Energy

  $(2,999,764)  

Metals

   (763,499)  

Softs

   (110,037)  
  

 

 

 

Total options written

  $(3,873,300) **** 
  

 

 

 

 

*

This amount is in “Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

**

This amount is in “Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

***

This amount is in “Options purchased, at fair value” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

****

This amount is in “Options written, at fair value” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

   December 31, 
   2019 

Assets

  

Futures Contracts

  

Energy

    $    11,219,295   

Grains

   282,619   

Indices

   322,626   

Livestock

   25,050   

Metals

   320,318   

Softs

   317,422   
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

   12,487,330   
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Futures Contracts

  

Energy

   (8,488,165)  

Grains

   (265,319)  

Indices

   (354,176)  

Livestock

   (3,800)  

Metals

   (30,403)  

Softs

   (240,848)  
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

   (9,382,711)  
  

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

    $3,104,619  
  

 

 

 

Assets

  

Forward Contracts

  

Metals

    $3,736,333   
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

   3,736,333   
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Forward Contracts

  

Metals

   (3,480,664)  
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

   (3,480,664)  
  

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

    $255,669  ** 
  

 

 

 

Assets

  

Options Purchased

  

Energy

    $227,405   

Metals

   80,879   
  

 

 

 

Total options purchased

    $308,284  *** 
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Options Written

  

Energy

    $(89,056)  

Metals

   (80,879)  
  

 

 

 

Total options written

    $(169,935) **** 
  

 

 

 

 

*

This amount is in “Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

**

This amount is in “Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

***

This amount is in “Options purchased, at fair value” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

****

This amount is in “Options written, at fair value” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The following table indicates the trading gains and losses, by market sector, on derivative instruments traded directly by the Partnership for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019.

 

   Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 

Sector

              2020                          2019                          2020                          2019             

Currencies

    $242,234      $(9,325)     $19,300      $75,086   

Energy

           7,118,594           1,215,424           13,222,232           3,497,750   

Grains

   (162,552)    402,136     137,215     669,220   

Indices

   (6,420)    60,405     317,820     60,405   

Livestock

   223,308     362,248     (253,816)    1,755,893   

Metals

   (96,525)    (1,076,811)    (814,125)    (241,259)  

Softs

   1,456,562     770,978     1,311,306     1,358,199   
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total

    $8,775,201  *****    $1,725,055  *****    $13,939,932  *****    $7,175,294  ***** 
  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

*****

This amount is included in “Total trading results” in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

 

5.

Fair Value Measurements:

Partnership’s and the Funds’ Fair Value Measurements. Fair value is defined as the value that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date under current market conditions. The fair value hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1) and the lowest priority to fair values derived from unobservable inputs (Level 3). The level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement in its entirety falls shall be determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety.

The fair value of exchange-traded futures, option and forward contracts is determined by the various exchanges, and reflects the settlement price for each contract as of the close of business on the last business day of the reporting period. The fair value of foreign currency forward contracts is extrapolated on a forward basis from the spot prices quoted as of approximately 3:00 P.M. (E.T.) on the last business day of the reporting period from various exchanges. The fair value of non-exchange-traded foreign currency option contracts is calculated by applying an industry standard model application for options valuation of foreign currency options, using as inputs the spot prices, interest rates, and option implied volatilities quoted as of approximately 3:00 P.M. (E.T.) on the last business day of the reporting period. U.S. Treasury bills are valued at the last available bid price received from independent pricing services as of the close of the last business day of the reporting period.

The Partnership and the Funds consider prices for commodity futures, swap and option contracts to be based on unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities (Level 1). The values of U.S. Treasury bills, non-exchange-traded forward, swap and certain option contracts for which market quotations are not readily available are priced by pricing services that derive fair values for those assets and liabilities from observable inputs (Level 2). As of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 and for the periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, the Partnership and the Funds did not hold any derivative instruments that were priced at fair value using unobservable inputs through the application of the General Partner’s assumptions and internal valuation pricing models (Level 3).

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

September 30, 2020

  Total   Level 1   Level 2   Level 3 

Assets

        

Futures

    $    15,890,040       $    15,890,040       $-           $                -       

Forwards

   1,256,367      -              1,256,367      -       

Options purchased

   2,920,247      2,920,247      -          -       
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

    $20,066,654       $18,810,287       $1,256,367       $-       
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities

        

Futures

    $13,344,013       $13,344,013       $-           $-       

Forwards

   1,354,796      -          1,354,796      -       

Options written

   3,873,300      3,873,300      -          -       
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

    $18,572,109       $17,217,313       $1,354,796       $-       
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

December 31, 2019

  Total   Level 1   Level 2   Level 3 

Assets

        

Futures

    $12,487,330       $12,487,330       $-           $-       

Forwards

   3,736,333      -          3,736,333      -       

Options purchased

   308,284      308,284      -          -       
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

    $16,531,947       $12,795,614       $3,736,333       $-       
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities

        

Futures

    $9,382,711       $9,382,711       $-           $-       

Forwards

   3,480,664      -          3,480,664      -       

Options written

   169,935      169,935      -          -       
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

    $13,033,310       $9,552,646       $3,480,664       $-       
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

6.

Investment in the Funds:

On April 1, 2019, the Partnership allocated a portion of its assets to NL Master, a limited liability company organized under the limited liability company laws of the State of Delaware. NL Master permits accounts managed by Northlander using Northlander’s Commodity Program, a proprietary, discretionary trading system, to invest together in one trading vehicle. The General Partner is also the trading manager of NL Master. Individual and pooled accounts currently managed by Northlander, including the Partnership, are permitted to be members of NL Master. The Trading Manager and Northlander believe that trading through this master/feeder structure should promote efficiency and economy in the trading process.

On December 1, 2018, the Partnership allocated a portion of its assets to Aquantum, which were managed and traded directly by Aquantum pursuant to Aquantum’s Commodity Spread Program through a trading account in the Partnership’s name from December 1, 2018 until May 31, 2019. Effective June 1, 2019, the assets allocated to Aquantum were transferred into Aquantum Master, a limited liability company organized under the limited liability company laws of the State of Delaware, through which they are managed and traded by Aquantum pursuant to the same strategy. Aquantum Master permits accounts managed by Aquantum using Aquantum’s Commodity Spread Program, a proprietary, systematic trading system, to invest together in one trading vehicle. The General Partner is also the trading manager of Aquantum Master. Individual and pooled accounts currently managed by Aquantum, including the Partnership, are permitted to be members of Aquantum Master. The Trading Manager and Aquantum believe that trading through this master/feeder structure should promote efficiency and economy in the trading process.

 

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Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

On January 1, 2018, the Partnership allocated a portion of its assets to Harbour Square Master, a limited liability company organized under the limited liability company laws of the State of Delaware. Harbour Square Master permitted accounts managed by Harbour Square using Harbour Square’s Discretionary Energy Program, a proprietary, discretionary trading system, to invest together in one trading vehicle. Effective March 31, 2019, the Partnership fully redeemed its investment in Harbour Square Master.

The General Partner is not aware of any material changes to the trading programs discussed above or in Note 1, “Organization” during the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2020.

The Partnership’s/Funds’ trading of futures, forward, swap and option contracts, if applicable, on commodities is done primarily on U.S. commodity exchanges and foreign commodity exchanges. The Partnership/Funds engage in such trading through commodity brokerage accounts maintained with MS&Co.

Generally, a member in the Funds may withdraw all or part of its capital contribution and undistributed profits, if any, from the Funds as of the end of any month (the “Redemption Date”) after a request has been made to the Trading Manager at least three days in advance of the Redemption Date. Such withdrawals are classified as a liability when the member elects to redeem and informs the Funds. However, a member may request a withdrawal as of the end of any day if such request is received by the Trading Manager at least three days in advance of the proposed withdrawal date.

Management fees, General Partner fees, ongoing selling agent fees and incentive fees are charged at the Partnership level. All clearing fees paid to MS&Co. are borne directly by the Partnership for its direct trading. In addition, clearing fees are borne by the Funds and allocated to the Funds’ members, including the Partnership. Professional fees are borne by the Funds and allocated to the Partnership, and also charged directly at the Partnership level.

At September 30, 2020, the Partnership owned approximately 18.4% of NL Master and 49.3% of Aquantum Master. At December 31, 2019, the Partnership owned approximately 20.4% of NL Master and 43.1% of Aquantum Master. It is the Partnership’s intention to continue to invest in the Funds. The performance of the Partnership is directly affected by the performance of the Funds. Expenses to investors as a result of the investment in the Funds are approximately the same as they would be if the Partnership traded directly and redemption rights are not affected.

Summarized information reflecting the total assets, liabilities and members’ capital of the Funds is shown in the following tables:

 

   September 30, 2020 
   Total Assets       Total Liabilities       Total Capital 

NL Master

    $      19,157,017       $      265,341       $      18,891,676   

Aquantum Master

   18,400,197      80,292      18,319,905   
   December 31, 2019 
   Total Assets   Total Liabilities   Total Capital 

NL Master

    $22,919,671       $1,217,801       $21,701,870   

Aquantum Master

   37,857,547      2,327,205      35,530,342   

Summarized information reflecting the net investment income (loss), total trading results and net income (loss) of the Funds is shown in the following tables:

 

   For the three months ended September 30, 2020 
       Net Investment           Total Trading         
   Income (Loss)   Results   Net Income (Loss) 

NL Master

    $        (22,163)      $          (521,660)      $          (543,823)  

Aquantum Master

   (72,581)     945,402      872,821   

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

   For the nine months ended September 30, 2020 
       Net Investment           Total Trading         
   Income (Loss)   Results   Net Income (Loss) 

NL Master

    $         (38,946)      $        (1,839,823)      $        (1,878,769)  

Aquantum Master

   (353,108)     1,405,725      1,052,617   
   For the three months ended September 30, 2019 
   Net Investment   Total Trading     
   Income (Loss)   Results   Net Income (Loss) 

NL Master

    $68,377       $(2,613,327)      $(2,544,950)  

Aquantum Master

   (29,826)     (4,900,506)     (4,930,332)  
   For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 
   Net Investment   Total Trading     
   Income (Loss)   Results   Net Income (Loss) 

Harbour Square Master (a)

    $(14,678)      $160,848       $146,170   

NL Master (b)

   115,912      (3,966,614)     (3,850,702)  

Aquantum Master (c)

   (84,895)     (6,009,377)     (6,094,272)  

 

(a)

From January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019, the date Harbour Square Master terminated operations.

(b)

From April 1, 2019, commencement of operations for NL Master, through September 30, 2019.

(c)

From June 1, 2019, commencement of operations for Aquantum Master, through September 30, 2019.

Summarized information reflecting the Partnership’s investments in and the Partnership’s pro-rata share of the results of operations of the Funds is shown in the following tables:

 

   September 30, 2020   For the three months ended September 30, 2020         
   % of           Expenses   Net         
   Partners’   Fair   Income   Clearing   Professional   Income   Investment   Redemptions 

        Funds

  Capital   Value   (Loss)   Fees   Fees   (Loss)   Objective   Permitted 

NL Master

   4.07%     $3,471,195       $(95,133)       $1,880       $2,941       $(99,954)     Commodity Portfolio    Monthly 

Aquantum Master

   10.58%    9,023,254      467,459      29,274      8,371      429,814      Commodity Portfolio    Monthly 
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     

Total

      $12,494,449       $372,326       $31,154       $  11,312       $329,860       
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     
   September 30, 2020   For the nine months ended September 30, 2020         
   % of           Expenses   Net         
   Partners’   Fair   Income   Clearing   Professional   Income   Investment   Redemptions 

        Funds

  Capital   Value   (Loss)   Fees   Fees   (Loss)   Objective   Permitted 

NL Master

   4.07%     $3,471,195       $  (330,180)      $10,540     $9,046       $  (349,766)     Commodity Portfolio    Monthly 

Aquantum Master

   10.58%    9,023,254      747,175      192,994    24,841      529,340      Commodity Portfolio    Monthly 
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     

Total

      $12,494,449       $416,995       $  203,534     $33,887       $179,574       
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

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Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

   December 31, 2019   For the three months ended September 30, 2019         
   % of           Expenses   Net         
   Partners’   Fair   Income   Clearing   Professional   Income   Investment   Redemptions 

        Funds

  Capital   Value   (Loss)   Fees   Fees   (Loss)   Objective   Permitted 

NL Master

     4.82%     $4,427,510       $(538,825)      $3,493       $6,196       $(548,514)     Commodity Portfolio    Monthly 

Aquantum Master

   16.68%    15,333,418      (2,212,518)     103,121      15,535      (2,331,174)     Commodity Portfolio    Monthly 
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     

Total

      $19,760,928       $(2,751,343)      $106,614       $21,731       $(2,879,688)      
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     
   December 31, 2019   For the nine months ended September 30, 2019         
   % of           Expenses   Net         
   Partners’   Fair   Income   Clearing   Professional   Income   Investment   Redemptions 

        Funds

  Capital   Value   (Loss)   Fees   Fees   (Loss)   Objective   Permitted 

Harbour Square Master (a)

   -%     $-       $141,964       $7,656       $29,566       $104,742      Commodity Portfolio    Monthly 

NL Master (b)

   4.82%    4,427,510      (862,612)     13,479      11,766      (887,857)     Commodity Portfolio    Monthly 

Aquantum Master (c)

   16.68%    15,333,418      (2,789,323)     163,305      24,373      (2,977,001)     Commodity Portfolio    Monthly 
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     

Total

      $19,760,928       $(3,509,971)      $  184,440       $  65,705       $(3,760,116)      
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

(a)

From January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019, the date the Partnership fully redeemed its investment in Harbour Square Master.

(b)

From April 1, 2019, the date the Partnership invested into NL Master, through September 30, 2019.

(c)

From June 1, 2019, the date the Partnership invested into Aquantum Master, through September 30, 2019.

 

7.

Financial Instrument Risks:

In the normal course of business, the Partnership and the Funds are parties to financial instruments with off-balance-sheet risk, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments. These financial instruments may include forwards, futures, options and swaps, whose values are based upon an underlying asset, index, or reference rate, and generally represent future commitments to exchange currencies or cash balances, to purchase or sell other financial instruments at specific terms at specified future dates, or, in the case of derivative commodity instruments, to have a reasonable possibility to be settled in cash, through physical delivery or with another financial instrument. These instruments may be traded on an exchange, a swap execution facility or over-the-counter (“OTC”). Exchange-traded instruments include futures and certain standardized forward, swap and option contracts. Specific market movements of commodities or futures contracts underlying an option cannot accurately be predicted. The purchaser of an option may lose the entire premium paid for the option. The writer or seller of an option has unlimited risk. Certain swap contracts may also be traded on a swap execution facility or OTC. OTC contracts are negotiated between contracting parties and also include certain forward and option contracts. Each of these instruments is subject to various risks similar to those related to the underlying financial instruments, including market and credit risk. In general, the risks associated with OTC contracts are greater than those associated with exchange-traded instruments because of the greater risk of default by the counterparty to an OTC contract. None of the Partnership’s/Funds’ contracts are traded OTC, although contracts may be traded OTC in the future.

Futures Contracts. The Partnership and the Funds trade futures contracts. A futures contract is a firm commitment to buy or sell a specified quantity of investments, currency or a standardized amount of a deliverable grade commodity, at a specified price on a specified future date, unless the contract is closed before the delivery date or the delivery quantity is something where physical delivery cannot occur (such as the S&P 500 Index), whereby such contract is settled in cash. Payments (“variation margin”) may be made or received by the Partnership and the Funds each business day, depending on the daily fluctuations in the value of the underlying contracts, and are recorded as unrealized gains or losses by the Partnership and the Funds. When the contract is closed, the Partnership and the Funds record a realized gain or loss equal to the difference between the value of the contract at the time it was opened and the value at the time it was closed. Transactions in futures contracts require participants to make both initial margin deposits of cash or other assets and variation margin deposits, through the futures broker, directly with the exchange on which the contracts are traded. Net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on futures contracts are included in the Partnership’s/Funds’ Statements of Income and Expenses.

 

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Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

London Metal Exchange Forward Contracts. Metal contracts traded on the London Metal Exchange (“LME”) represent a firm commitment to buy or sell a specified quantity of aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, zinc or other metals. LME contracts traded by the Partnership and the Funds are cash settled based on prompt dates published by the LME. Variation margin may be made or received by the Partnership and the Funds each business day, depending on the daily fluctuations in the value of the underlying contracts, and are recorded as unrealized gains or losses by the Partnership and the Funds. A contract is considered offset when all long positions have been matched with a like number of short positions settling on the same prompt date. When the contract is closed at the prompt date, the Partnership and the Funds record a realized gain or loss equal to the difference between the value of the contract at the time it was opened and the value at the time it was closed. Transactions in LME contracts require participants to make both initial margin deposits of cash or other assets and variation margin deposits, through the broker, directly with the LME. Net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on metal contracts are included in the Partnership’s/Funds’ Statements of Income and Expenses.

Options. The Partnership and the Funds may purchase and write (sell) both exchange-listed and OTC options on commodities or financial instruments. An option is a contract allowing, but not requiring, its holder to buy (call) or sell (put) a specific or standard commodity or financial instrument at a specified price during a specified time period. The option premium is the total price paid or received for the option contract. When the Partnership/Funds write an option, the premium received is recorded as a liability in the Partnership’s/Funds’ Statements of Financial Condition and marked-to-market daily. When the Partnership/Funds purchase an option, the premium paid is recorded as an asset in the Partnership’s/Funds’ Statements of Financial Condition and marked-to-market daily. Net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on option contracts are included in the Partnership’s/Funds’ Statements of Income and Expenses.

As both a buyer and seller of options, the Partnership/Funds pay or receive a premium at the outset and then bear the risk of unfavorable changes in the price of the contract underlying the option. Written options expose the Partnership/Funds to potentially unlimited liability; for purchased options, the risk of loss is limited to the premiums paid. Certain written put options permit cash settlement and do not require the option holder to own the reference asset. The Partnership/Funds do not consider these contracts to be guarantees.

Futures-Style Options. The Partnership and the Funds may trade futures-style option contracts. Unlike traditional option contracts, the premiums for futures-style option contracts are not received or paid upon the onset of the trade. The premiums are recognized and received or paid as part of the sales price when the contract is closed. Similar to a futures contract, variation margin for the futures-style option contract may be made or received by the Partnership/Funds each business day, depending on the daily fluctuations in the value of the underlying contracts, and are recorded as unrealized gains or losses by the Partnership/Funds. Transactions in futures-style option contracts require participants to make both initial margin deposits of cash or other assets and variation margin deposits, through the futures broker, directly with the exchange on which the contracts are traded. Futures-style option contracts are presented as part of “Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts” or “Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts,” as applicable, in the Partnership’s/Funds’ Statements of Financial Condition. Net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on futures-style option contracts are included in the Partnership’s/Funds’ Statements of Income and Expenses.

Market risk is the potential for changes in the value of the financial instruments traded by the Partnership/Funds due to market changes, including interest and foreign exchange rate movements and fluctuations in commodity or security prices. Market risk is directly impacted by the volatility and liquidity in the markets in which the related underlying assets are traded. The Partnership and the Funds are exposed to market risk equal to the value of the futures and forward contracts held and unlimited liability on such contracts sold short.

Credit risk is the possibility that a loss may occur due to the failure of a counterparty to perform according to the terms of a contract. The Partnership’s/Funds’ risk of loss in the event of a counterparty default is typically limited to the amounts recognized in the Statements of Financial Condition and is not represented by the contract or notional amounts of the instruments. The Partnership’s/Funds’ risk of loss is reduced through the use of legally enforceable master netting agreements with counterparties that permit the Partnership/Funds to offset unrealized gains and losses and other assets and liabilities with such counterparties upon the occurrence of certain events. The Partnership/Funds have credit risk and concentration risk, as MS&Co. or an MS&Co. affiliate are counterparties or brokers with respect to the Partnership’s/Funds’ assets. Credit risk with respect to exchange-traded instruments is reduced to the extent that, through MS&Co. or an MS&Co. affiliate, the Partnership’s/Funds’ counterparty is an exchange or clearing organization.

 

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Ceres Tactical Commodity L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The General Partner/Trading Manager monitors and attempts to mitigate the Partnership’s/Funds’ risk exposure on a daily basis through financial, credit and risk management monitoring systems and, accordingly, believes that it has effective procedures for evaluating and limiting the credit and market risks to which the Partnership/Funds may be subject. These monitoring systems generally allow the General Partner/Trading Manager to statistically analyze actual trading results with risk-adjusted performance indicators and correlation statistics. In addition, online monitoring systems provide account analysis of futures, forward and option contracts by sector, margin requirements, gain and loss transactions and collateral positions.

The majority of these financial instruments mature within one year of the inception date. However, due to the nature of the Partnership’s/Funds’ business, these instruments may not be held to maturity.

The risk to the limited partners that have purchased Redeemable Units is limited to the amount of their share of the Partnership’s net assets and undistributed profits. This limited liability is a result of the organization of the Partnership as a limited partnership under New York law.

In the ordinary course of business, the Partnership/Funds enter into contracts and agreements that contain various representations and warranties and which provide general indemnifications. The Partnership’s/Funds’ maximum exposure under these arrangements cannot be determined, as this could include future claims that have not yet been made against the Partnership/Funds. The General Partner/Trading Manager considers the risk of any future obligation relating to these indemnifications to be remote.

 

8.

Subsequent Events:

The General Partner evaluates events that occur after the balance sheet date but before and up until financial statements are available to be issued. The General Partner has assessed the subsequent events through the date the financial statements were issued and has determined that, other than disclosed below, there were no subsequent events requiring adjustment to or disclosure in the financial statements.

On November 1, 2020, the Partnership allocated a portion of its assets to Geosol Capital, LLC (“Geosol”), which is invested in CMF GSL Master Fund LLC and is traded by Geosol pursuant to Geosol’s U.S. Power and Natural Gas Program.

 

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Item 2.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Partnership does not have, nor does it expect to have, any capital assets. The Partnership does not engage in sales of goods or services. Its assets are its (i) investment in the Funds, (ii) redemptions receivable from the Funds, (iii) equity in trading account, consisting of unrestricted cash, restricted cash, net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts, net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts and options purchased at fair value, if applicable, and (iv) interest receivable. Because of the low margin deposits normally required in commodity futures trading, relatively small price movements may result in substantial losses to the Partnership, through its direct investments and investment in the Funds. While substantial losses could lead to a material decrease in liquidity, no such illiquidity occurred in the third quarter of 2020.

The Partnership’s/Funds’ investment in futures, forwards and options may, from time to time, be illiquid. Most U.S. futures exchanges limit fluctuations in prices during a single day by regulations referred to as “daily price fluctuation limits” or “daily limits.” Trades may not be executed at prices beyond the daily limit. If the price for a particular futures or option contract has increased or decreased by an amount equal to the daily limit, positions in that futures or option contract can neither be taken nor liquidated unless traders are willing to effect trades at or within the limit. Futures prices have occasionally moved the daily limit for several consecutive days with little or no trading. These market conditions could prevent the Partnership/Funds from promptly liquidating their futures or option contracts and result in restrictions on redemptions.

Other than the risks inherent in commodity futures, forwards, options and swaps trading, and U.S. Treasury bills and money market mutual fund securities, the General Partner/Trading Manager knows of no trends, demands, commitments, events or uncertainties which will result in or which are reasonably likely to result in the Partnership’s/Funds’ liquidity increasing or decreasing in any material way.

The Partnership’s capital consists of the capital contributions of the partners, as increased or decreased by realized and/or unrealized gains and losses on trading and by expenses, interest income, subscriptions and redemptions of Redeemable Units and distributions of profits, if any.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, Partnership capital decreased 7.2% from $91,893,284 to $85,276,096. This decrease was attributable to redemptions of 11,260.5020 Class A limited partner Redeemable Units totaling $15,753,271 which was partially offset by subscriptions of 356.9400 Class A limited partner Redeemable Units totaling $497,754, subscriptions of 110.1850 Class Z limited partner Redeemable Units totaling $123,260 and net income of $8,515,069. Future redemptions can impact the amount of funds available for direct investments and investment in the Funds in subsequent periods.

Other than as discussed above, there are no known material trends, favorable or unfavorable, that would affect, nor any expected material changes to, the Partnership’s capital resource arrangements at the present time.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements and Contractual Obligations

The Partnership does not have any off-balance sheet arrangements, nor does it have contractual obligations or commercial commitments to make future payments, that would affect its liquidity or capital resources.

Critical Accounting Policies

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires the General Partner to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of income and expense during the reporting periods. The General Partner believes that the estimates and assumptions utilized in preparing the financial statements are reasonable. As a result, actual results could differ from those estimates. A summary of the Partnership’s significant accounting policies is described in Note 2, “Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” of the Financial Statements.

The Partnership/Funds record all investments at fair value in their respective financial statements, with changes in fair value reported as a component of net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) in the respective Statements of Income and Expenses.

 

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Results of Operations

During the Partnership’s third quarter of 2020, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class A increased 8.2% from $1,368.50 to $1,481.33 as compared to a decrease of 2.2% in the third quarter of 2019. During the Partnership’s third quarter of 2020, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class D increased 8.3% from $1,083.82 to $1,173.93 as compared to a decrease of 1.9% in the third quarter of 2019. During the Partnership’s third quarter of 2020, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class Z increased 8.5% from $1,099.53 to $1,193.24 as compared to a decrease of 1.7% in the third quarter of 2019. The Partnership experienced a net trading gain before fees and expenses during the third quarter of 2020 of $9,144,876. Gains were primarily attributable to the Partnership’s/Funds’ trading of commodity futures in currencies, energy, livestock and softs and were partially offset by losses in grains and metals. The Partnership experienced a net trading loss before fees and expenses during the third quarter of 2019 of $1,155,845. Losses were primarily attributable to the Partnership’s/Funds’ trading of commodity futures in livestock and metals and were partially offset by gains in energy, grains, indices and softs.

During the third quarter, the most notable gains were recorded in the energy markets primarily during July and August from long positions in natural gas futures and options as hotter weather forecasts, along with increased export demand, sent prices soaring higher. Within the soft commodity markets gains were experienced primarily during July from long positions in coffee futures and options as prices rallied amid reports of rising demand. Gains in the livestock markets were experienced during September from long futures positions in lean hogs after an uptick in Chinese demand for U.S. pork pushed prices higher. The Partnership’s overall trading gains for the quarter were partially offset by trading losses within the grains sector during August and September from short futures positions in the broader complex as prices were boosted by increasing demand, as countries increased stockpiles, and shrinking supplies amid adverse growing conditions in the Black Sea. Finally, in the metals complex losses were experienced during August from short positions in industrial metals as prices rallied amid the weakening U.S. dollar and improving economic growth expectations.

During the Partnership’s nine months ended September 30, 2020, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class A increased 10.2% from $1,344.11 to $1,481.33 as compared to a decrease of 0.3% during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. During the Partnership’s nine months ended September 30, 2020, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class D increased 11.0% from $1,057.77 to $1,173.93 as compared to an increase of 0.7% during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. During the Partnership’s nine months ended September 30, 2020, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class Z increased 11.6% from $1,069.04 to $1,193.24 as compared to an increase of 1.2% during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The Partnership experienced a net trading gain before fees and expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 of $14,297,338. Gains were primarily attributable to the Partnership’s/Funds’ trading of commodity futures in currencies, energy, livestock and softs and were partially offset by losses in grains and metals. The Partnership experienced a net trading gain before fees and expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 of $3,442,994. Gains were primarily attributable to the Partnership’s/Funds’ trading of commodity futures in currencies, energy, grains, indices and softs and were partially offset by losses in livestock and metals.

During the first three quarters of the year, the most notable gains were recorded during March from short positions in crude oil and its refined products as energy prices plummeted as demand collapsed, while simultaneously Saudi Arabia increased production amid a price war with Russia. Further gains were recorded during March and April from long positions in natural gas futures and options as prices surged higher amid dwindling supplies. Further gains were again achieved in the energies during July and August from long positions in natural gas futures and options as hotter weather forecasts, along with increased export demand, sent prices soaring higher. Within the soft commodity markets, gains were experienced primarily during July from long positions in coffee futures and options as prices rallied amid reports of rising demand. Gains in the livestock markets were experienced primarily during September from long positions in lean hogs after an uptick in Chinese demand for U.S. pork boosted prices. The Partnership’s overall trading gains for the first nine months of the year were partially offset by trading losses within the metals complex during March from long futures positions in silver as prices decreased amid investor needs for liquidity and diminished industrial demand. During June and August, additional losses were experienced from short positions in base metals as optimism of a Chinese recovery pushed prices higher. In the grains sector, small losses were recorded during March from short positions in grains as prices rose due to speculation for an uptick in demand from COVID-19-related consumer stockpiling. Additional losses were recorded from short wheat futures positions as prices again rose due to stockpiling concerns and shrinking supplies amid adverse growing conditions in the Black Sea.

Commodity markets are highly volatile. Broad price fluctuations and rapid inflation increase not only the risks involved in commodity trading, but also the possibility of profit. The profitability of the Partnership/Funds depends on the existence of major price trends and the ability of the Advisors to correctly identify those price trends. Price trends are influenced by, among other factors, changing supply and demand relationships, weather, public health epidemics, governmental, agricultural, commercial and trade programs and policies, national and international political and economic events and changes in interest rates. To the extent that market trends exist and the Advisors are able to identify them, the Partnership/Funds expect to increase capital through operations.

 

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Interest income on 100% of the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s (or the Partnership’s allocable portion of the Funds’) brokerage account during each month is earned at a rate equal to the monthly average of the 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rate. For the avoidance of doubt, the Partnership/Funds will not receive interest on amounts in the futures brokerage account that are committed to margin. Any interest earned on the Partnership’s and/or the Funds’ account in excess of the amounts described above, if any, will be retained by MS&Co. and/or shared with the General Partner. All interest income earned on U.S. Treasury bills and money market mutual fund securities will be retained by the Partnership and/or the Funds, as applicable. Interest income earned for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 decreased by $461,748 and $1,372,444, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2019. The decrease in interest income was primarily due to lower average daily equity and lower interest rates during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 as compared to the corresponding periods in 2019. Interest earned by the Partnership will increase the net asset value of the Partnership. The amount of interest income earned by the Partnership depends on (1) the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s and/or the applicable Funds’ accounts, (2) the amount of U.S. Treasury bills and/or money market mutual fund securities held by the Partnership and/or the Funds and (3) interest rates over which none of the Partnership, the Funds or MS&Co. has control.

Certain clearing fees are based on the number of trades executed by the Advisors for the Partnership/Funds. Accordingly, they must be compared in relation to the number of trades executed during the period. Clearing fees related to direct investments for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 decreased by $39,896 and $254,820, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2019. The decrease in these clearing fees was primarily due to a decrease in the number of direct trades made by the Partnership during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 as compared to the corresponding periods in 2019.

Ongoing selling agent fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s adjusted net asset value of Class A Redeemable Units and Class D Redeemable Units as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance, subscriptions and redemptions. Accordingly, they must be analyzed in relation to the fluctuations in the monthly net asset values. Ongoing selling agent fees for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 decreased by $279,242 and $473,662, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2019. This decrease was due to lower average net assets attributable to Class A Redeemable Units and Class D Redeemable Units during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 as compared to the corresponding periods in 2019, as well as a reduction in the ongoing selling agent fee rate from 1/12 of 2.00% to 1/12 of 1.00% for Class A Redeemable Units effective July 1, 2020.

Management fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s net assets per Class as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance, subscriptions and redemptions. Accordingly, they must be analyzed in relation to the fluctuations in the monthly net asset values. Management fees for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 decreased by $33,148 and $149,709, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2019. This decrease was due to lower average net assets per Class during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 as compared to the corresponding periods in 2019.

General Partner fees are paid to the General Partner for administering the business and affairs of the Partnership including, among other things, (i) selecting, appointing and terminating the Partnership’s commodity trading advisors, (ii) allocating and reallocating the Partnership’s assets among the commodity trading advisors and (iii) monitoring the activities of the commodity trading advisors. These fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s adjusted net assets per Class as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance, subscriptions and redemptions. Accordingly, they must be analyzed in relation to the fluctuations in the monthly net asset values. General Partner fees for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 decreased by $22,453 and $95,906, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2019. This decrease was due to lower average net assets per Class during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 as compared to the corresponding periods in 2019.

Incentive fees are based on the Net Trading Profits (as defined in the respective management agreements between the Partnership, the General Partner and each Advisor) generated by each Advisor at the end of each quarter, half year or year, as applicable. Trading performance for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 resulted in incentive fees of $1,251,629 and $2,278,045, respectively. Trading performance for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 resulted in incentive fees of $31,949 and $319,262, respectively. To the extent an Advisor incurs a loss for the Partnership, the Advisor will not be paid incentive fees until such Advisor recovers any net loss incurred and earns additional new trading profits for the Partnership.

In allocating substantially all of the assets of the Partnership among the Advisors, the General Partner considers, among other factors, the Advisors’ past performance, trading style, volatility of markets traded and fee requirements. The General Partner may modify or terminate the allocation of assets to the Advisors and allocate assets to additional advisors at any time.

 

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As of September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020, the Partnership’s assets were allocated among the Advisors in the following approximate percentages:

 

Advisor

  September 30, 2020       September 30, 2020    

 

(percentage of

 

Partners’ Capital)

   June 30, 2020   June 30, 2020

 

(percentage of

 

    Partners’ Capital)    

 

Millburn

    $                26,834,779     32%      $                26,615,719     32%  

Ospraie

   21,622,184     25%     23,135,755     28%  

Aquantum

   9,123,204     11%     8,680,934     10%  

Pan

   24,224,733     28%     21,557,826     26%  

Northlander

   3,471,196     4%     3,601,561     4%  

For additional disclosures about operational and financial risk related to the COVID-19 outbreak, refer to Part II, Item 5. “Other Information.” in this Form 10-Q.

 

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Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

The Partnership/Funds are speculative commodity pools. The market sensitive instruments held by the Partnership/Funds are acquired for speculative trading purposes, and all or substantially all of the Partnership’s/Funds’ assets are subject to the risk of trading loss. Unlike an operating company, the risk of market sensitive instruments is integral, not incidental, to the Partnership’s/Funds’ main line of business.

The limited partners will not be liable for losses exceeding the current net asset value of their investment.

Market movements result in frequent changes in the fair value of the Partnership’s/Funds’ open positions and, consequently, in their earnings and cash balances. The Partnership’s/Funds’ market risk is influenced by a wide variety of factors, including the level and volatility of interest rates, exchange rates, equity price levels, the market value of financial instruments and contracts, the diversification effects among the Partnership’s/Funds’ open positions and the liquidity of the markets in which they trade.

The Partnership/Funds rapidly acquire and liquidate both long and short positions in a wide range of different markets. Consequently, it is not possible to predict how a particular future market scenario will affect performance, and the Partnership’s/Funds’ past performance is not necessarily indicative of their future results.

Quantifying the Partnership’s and the Funds’ Trading Value at Risk

The following quantitative disclosures regarding the Partnership’s/Funds’ market risk exposures contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor from civil liability provided for such statements by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (set forth in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)). All quantitative disclosures in this section are deemed to be forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor, except for statements of historical fact.

The Partnership/Funds account for open positions on the basis of fair value accounting principles. Any loss in the market value of the Partnership’s/Funds’ open positions is directly reflected in the Partnership’s/Funds’ earnings and cash flow.

The Partnership’s/Funds’ risk exposure in the market sectors traded by the Advisors is estimated below in terms of Value at Risk. Please note that the Value at Risk model is used to numerically quantify market risk for historic reporting purposes only and is not utilized by either the General Partner or the Advisors in their daily risk management activities.

“Value at Risk” is a measure of the maximum amount which the Partnership/Funds could reasonably be expected to lose in a given market sector. However, the inherent uncertainty of the Partnership’s/Funds’ speculative trading and the recurrence in the markets traded by the Partnership/Funds of market movements far exceeding expectations could result in actual trading or non-trading losses far beyond the indicated Value at Risk or the Partnership’s/Funds’ experience to date (i.e., “risk of ruin”). In light of the foregoing, as well as the risks and uncertainties intrinsic to all future projections, the inclusion of the quantification in this section should not be considered to constitute any assurance or representation that the Partnership’s/Funds’ losses in any market sector will be limited to Value at Risk or by the Partnership’s/Funds’ attempts to manage their market risk.

Exchange margin requirements have been used by the Partnership/Funds as the measure of their Value at Risk. Margin requirements are set by exchanges to equal or exceed the maximum losses reasonably expected to be incurred in the fair value of any given contract in 95%-99% of any one-day interval. The margin levels are established by dealers and exchanges using historical price studies as well as an assessment of current market volatility (including the implied volatility of the options on a given futures contract) and economic fundamentals to provide a probabilistic estimate of the maximum expected near-term one-day price fluctuation.

Value at Risk tables represent a probabilistic assessment of the risk of loss in market sensitive instruments. Aquantum and Northlander trade the Partnership’s assets indirectly in master fund managed accounts established in the name of the master funds over which they have been granted limited authority to make trading decisions. Millburn, Ospraie and Pan directly trade managed accounts in the name of the Partnership. The first trading Value at Risk table reflects the market sensitive instruments held by the Partnership directly and through its investments in the Funds. The remaining trading Value at Risk tables reflect the market sensitive instruments held by the Partnership directly (i.e in the managed accounts in the Partnership’s name traded by certain Advisors) and indirectly by each Fund separately. There have been no material changes in the trading Value at Risk information previously disclosed in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

 

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The following table indicates the trading Value at Risk associated with the Partnership’s open positions by market category as of September 30, 2020. As of September 30, 2020, the Partnership’s total capitalization was $85,276,096.

 

September 30, 2020 

Market Sector

  Value at Risk   % of Total
  Capitalization  
 

Currencies

    $13,200     0.02  

Energy

   6,093,146     7.14   

Grains

   556,094     0.65   

Livestock

   244,170     0.29   

Metals

   2,132,693     2.50   

Softs

   596,630     0.70   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

    $         9,635,933     11.30  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The following table indicates the trading Value at Risk associated with the Partnership’s open positions by market category as of December 31, 2019. As of December 31, 2019, the Partnership’s total capitalization was $91,893,284.

 

December 31, 2019 

Market Sector

  Value at Risk   % of Total
  Capitalization  
 

Energy

    $         4,297,296     4.68  

Grains

   491,840     0.53   

Livestock

   243,586     0.26   

Metals

   841,069     0.92   

Softs

   354,990     0.39   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

    $6,228,781     6.78  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The following tables indicate the trading Value at Risk associated with the Partnership’s direct investments and indirect investment in the Funds as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, and the highest, lowest and average values during the three months ended September 30, 2020 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. All open contracts trading risk exposures have been included in calculating the figures set forth below.

As of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the Partnership’s Value at Risk for the portion of its assets that are traded directly was as follows:

 

September 30, 2020 
        Three Months Ended September 30, 2020 

Market Sector                                     

 Value at Risk  % of Total
  Capitalization  
  High
Value at Risk
  Low
Value at Risk
  Average
Value at Risk *
 

Currencies

   $13,200    0.02     $187,110     $-         $64,970  

Energy

  5,540,124    6.50              6,253,594    3,671,935             5,127,318  

Grains

  556,094    0.65     909,093    224,559    534,135  

Livestock

  183,975    0.22     345,758    34,155    191,736  

Metals

  2,132,693    2.50     2,439,298    1,430,829    1,902,421  

Softs

  596,630    0.70     2,102,795    434,328    1,024,315  
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

Total

   $         9,022,716    10.59     
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

 

*

Average of daily Values at Risk.

 

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December 31, 2019 
        Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019 

Market Sector                             

 Value at Risk  % of Total
  Capitalization  
  High
  Value at Risk  
  Low
  Value at Risk  
  Average
  Value at Risk *  
 

Energy

   $3,787,513    4.12     $         6,862,028     $         1,785,115     $         3,660,802  

Grains

  491,840    0.54     1,155,704    110,693    653,440  

Livestock

  82,060    0.09     2,177,333    47,850    680,893  

Metals

  841,069    0.92     4,134,491    357,863    1,604,503  

Softs

  335,111    0.36     2,302,157    190,851    1,135,043  
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

Total

   $         5,537,593    6.03     
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

 

*

Annual average of daily Values at Risk.

As of September 30, 2020, NL Master’s total capitalization was $18,891,676, and the Partnership owned approximately 18.4% of NL Master. As of September 30, 2020, NL Master’s Value at Risk for its assets (including the portion of the Partnership’s assets allocated to Northlander for trading) was as follows:

 

September 30, 2020 
        Three Months Ended September 30, 2020 

Market Sector                            

 Value at Risk  % of Total
  Capitalization  
  High
  Value at Risk  
  Low
  Value at Risk  
  Average
  Value at Risk *  
 

Energy

   $            421,035    2.23     $            594,596     $            282,178     $            424,075  
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

Total

   $421,035    2.23     
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

 

*

Average of daily Values at Risk.

As of December 31, 2019, NL Master’s total capitalization was $21,701,870, and the Partnership owned approximately 20.4% of NL Master. As of December 31, 2019, NL Master’s Value at Risk for its assets (including the portion of the Partnership’s assets allocated to Northlander for trading) was as follows:

 

December 31, 2019 
        Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019 * 

Market Sector                            

 Value at Risk  % of Total
  Capitalization  
  High
  Value at Risk  
  Low
  Value at Risk  
  Average
  Value at Risk **  
 

Energy

   $            402,025    1.85     $            1,612,667     $-            $            556,623  
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

Total

   $402,025    1.85     
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

 

*

From April 1, 2019, commencement of operations for NL Master, through December 31, 2019.

**

Annual average of daily Values at Risk.

 

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As of September 30, 2020, Aquantum Master’s total capitalization was $18,319,905, and the Partnership owned approximately 49.3% of Aquantum Master. As of September 30, 2020, Aquantum Master’s Value at Risk for its assets (including the portion of the Partnership’s assets allocated to Aquantum for trading) was as follows:

 

September 30, 2020 
        Three Months Ended September 30, 2020 

 Market Sector                             

 Value at Risk  % of Total
  Capitalization  
  High
  Value at Risk  
  Low
  Value at Risk  
  Average
  Value at Risk *  
 

 Energy

   $964,608   5.27     $          1,596,074     $          198,389     $            802,028  

 Livestock

  122,100   0.67     471,570    122,100    310,872  
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

 Total

   $          1,086,708   5.94     
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

 

*

Average of daily Values at Risk.

As of December 31, 2019, Aquantum Master’s total capitalization was $35,530,342, and the Partnership owned approximately 43.1% of Aquantum Master. As of December 31, 2019, Aquantum Master’s Value at Risk for its assets (including the portion of the Partnership’s assets allocated to Aquantum for trading) was as follows:

 

December 31, 2019 
        Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019 * 

 Market Sector                         

 Value at Risk  % of Total
  Capitalization  
  High
  Value at Risk  
  Low
Value at Risk
  Average
Value at Risk **
 

 Energy

   $992,506    2.79     $          1,985,763     $            318,007     $          1,030,946  

 Livestock

  374,770    1.05     1,959,045    69,520    578,628  

 Softs

  46,122    0.13     1,258,748    -        190,317  
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

 Total

   $          1,413,398    3.97     
 

 

 

  

 

 

    

 

*

From June 1, 2019, commencement of operations for Aquantum Master, through December 31, 2019.

**

Annual average of daily Values at Risk.

 

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Item 4.

Controls and Procedures.

The Partnership’s disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Partnership on the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods expected in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Partnership in the reports it files is accumulated and communicated to management, including the President and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of the General Partner, to allow for timely decisions regarding required disclosure and appropriate SEC filings.

The General Partner is responsible for ensuring that there is an adequate and effective process for establishing, maintaining and evaluating disclosure controls and procedures for the Partnership’s external disclosures.

The General Partner’s President and CFO have evaluated the effectiveness of the Partnership’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of September 30, 2020, and, based on that evaluation, the General Partner’s President and CFO have concluded that at that date the Partnership’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

The Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting is a process under the supervision of the General Partner’s President and CFO to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP. These controls include policies and procedures that:

 

  

pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Partnership;

 

  

provide reasonable assurance that (i) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP and (ii) the Partnership’s receipts are handled and expenditures are made only pursuant to authorizations of the General Partner; and

 

  

provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection and correction of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Partnership’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

There were no changes in the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting process during the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2020 that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings.

This section describes the major pending legal proceedings, other than ordinary routine litigation incidental to the business, to which MS&Co. or its subsidiaries is a party or to which any of their property is subject. There are no material legal proceedings pending against the Partnership or the General Partner.

On June 1, 2011, Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated converted from a Delaware corporation to a Delaware limited liability company. As a result of that conversion, Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated is now named Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“MS&Co.”).

MS&Co. is a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, a Delaware holding company. Morgan Stanley files periodic reports with the SEC as required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) which include current descriptions of material litigation and material proceedings and investigations, if any, by governmental and/or regulatory agencies or self-regulatory organizations concerning Morgan Stanley and its subsidiaries, including MS&Co. As a consolidated subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, MS&Co. does not file its own periodic reports with the SEC that contain descriptions of material litigation, proceedings and investigations. As a result, we refer you to the “Legal Proceedings” section of Morgan Stanley’s SEC 10-K filings for 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. In addition, MS&Co. annually prepares an Audited, Consolidated Statement of Financial Condition (“Audited Financial Statement”) that is publicly available on Morgan Stanley’s website at www.morganstanley.com. We refer you to the Commitments, Guarantees and Contingencies – Legal section of MS&Co.’s 2019 Audited Financial Statement.

In addition to the matters described in those filings, in the normal course of business, each of Morgan Stanley and MS&Co. has been named, from time to time, as a defendant in various legal actions, including arbitrations, class actions, and other litigation, arising in connection with its activities as a global diversified financial services institution. Certain of the legal actions include claims for substantial compensatory and/or punitive damages or claims for indeterminate amounts of damages. Each of Morgan Stanley and MS&Co. is also involved, from time to time, in investigations and proceedings by governmental and/or regulatory agencies or self-regulatory organizations, certain of which may result in adverse judgments, fines or penalties. The number of these investigations and proceedings has increased in recent years with regard to many financial services institutions, including Morgan Stanley and MS&Co.

MS&Co. is a Delaware limited liability company with its main business office located at 1585 Broadway, New York, New York 10036. Among other registrations and memberships, MS&Co. is registered as a futures commission merchant and is a member of the National Futures Association.

During the preceding five years, the following administrative, civil, or criminal actions pending, on appeal or concluded against MS&Co. or any of its principals are material within the meaning of CFTC Rule 4.24(l)(2) or 4.34(k)(2):

Regulatory and Governmental Matters

On February 25, 2015, MS&Co. reached an agreement in principle with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, Civil Division (collectively, the “Civil Division”) to pay $2.6 billion to resolve certain claims that the Civil Division indicated it intended to bring against MS&Co. That settlement was finalized on February 10, 2016.

 

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In October 2014, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office (“ILAG”) sent a letter to MS&Co. alleging that MS&Co. knowingly made misrepresentations related to RMBS purchased by certain pension funds affiliated with the State of Illinois and demanding that MS&Co. pay ILAG approximately $88 million. MS&Co. and ILAG reached an agreement to resolve the matter on February 10, 2016.

On January 13, 2015, the New York Attorney General’s Office (“NYAG”), which is also a member of the RMBS Working Group, indicated that it intended to file a lawsuit related to approximately 30 subprime securitizations sponsored by MS&Co. NYAG indicated that the lawsuit would allege that MS&Co. misrepresented or omitted material information related to the due diligence, underwriting and valuation of the loans in the securitizations and the properties securing them and indicated that its lawsuit would be brought under the Martin Act. MS&Co. and NYAG reached an agreement to resolve the matter on February 10, 2016.

On April 21, 2015, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (CBOE) and the CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE) filed statements of charges against MS&Co. in connection with trading by one of MS&Co.’s former traders of EEM options contracts that allegedly disrupted the final settlement price of the November 2012 VXEM futures. CBOE alleged that MS&Co. violated CBOE Rules 4.1, 4.2 and 4.7, Sections 9(a) and 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. CFE alleged that MS&Co. violated CFE Rules 608, 609 and 620. The matters were resolved on July 12, 2016 and June 28, 2016, respectively, without any findings of fraud. Pursuant to the settlements, MS&Co. was required to pay a $750,000 penalty to the CBOE (for which MS&Co. and an individual were jointly and severally liable) and a $400,000 penalty to the CFE (for which MS&Co. and an individual were jointly and severally liable) and $152,664 in disgorgement.

On August 6, 2015, MS&Co. consented to and became the subject of an order by the CFTC to resolve allegations that MS&Co. violated CFTC Regulation 22.9(a) by failing to hold sufficient U.S. Dollars in cleared swap segregated accounts in the United States to meet all U.S. Dollar obligations to cleared swaps customers. Specifically, the CFTC found that while MS&Co. at all times held sufficient funds in segregation to cover its obligations to its customers, on certain days during 2013 and 2014, it held currencies, such as euros, instead of US dollars, to meet its U.S. dollar obligations. In addition, the CFTC found that MS&Co. violated CFTC Regulation 166.3 by failing to have in place adequate procedures to ensure that it complied with CFTC Regulation 22.9(a). Without admitting or denying the findings or conclusions and without adjudication of any issue of law or fact, MS&Co. accepted and consented to the entry of findings, the imposition of a cease and desist order, a civil monetary penalty of $300,000, and undertakings related to public statements, cooperation, and payment of the monetary penalty.

On December 20, 2016, MS&Co. consented to and became the subject of an order by the SEC in connection with allegations that MS&Co. willfully violated Sections 15(c)(3) and 17(a)(1) of the Exchange Act and Rules 15c3-3(e), 17a-5(a), and 17a-5(d) thereunder, by inaccurately calculating its Reserve Account requirement under Rule 15c3-3 by including margin loans to an affiliate in its calculations, which resulted in making inaccurate records and submitting inaccurate reports to the SEC. Without admitting or denying the underlying allegations and without adjudication of any issue of law or fact, MS&Co. consented to a cease and desist order, a censure, and a civil monetary penalty of $7.5 million.

 

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On September 28, 2017, the CFTC issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against MS&Co. regarding violations of CFTC Rule 166.3 by failing to diligently supervise the reconciliation of exchange and clearing fees with the amounts it ultimately charged customers for certain transactions on multiple exchanges. The order and settlement required MS&Co. to pay a $500,000 penalty and cease and desist from violating CFTC Rule 166.3.

On November 2, 2017, the CFTC issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against MS&Co. for non-compliance with applicable rules governing Part 17 Large Trader reports to the CFTC. The order requires MS&Co. to pay a $350,000 penalty and cease and desist from further violations of the Commodity Exchange Act.

On September 30, 2020, the SEC entered into a settlement order with MS&Co. settling an administrative action which relates to MS&Co.’s violations of the order marking requirements of Regulation SHO of the Exchange Act resulting from its improper use of aggregation units in structuring MS&Co.’s equity swaps business. The order found that MS&Co. improperly operated its equity swaps business without netting certain “long” and “short” positions as required by Rule 200(c) of Regulation SHO. The order found that the long exposure to an equity security (the “Long Unit”) and the short exposure to an equity security (the “Short Unit”) were not independent from one another and did not have separate trading strategies or objectives without regard to each other, and that the Long and Short Units were not eligible for the exception in Rule 200(f) of Regulation SHO. The order found that MS&Co. willfully violated Section 200(g) of Regulation SHO. MS&Co. consented, without admitting or denying the findings and without adjudication of any issue of law or fact, to a censure; to cease and desist from committing or causing future violations; to pay a civil penalty of $5 million; and to comply with the undertaking enumerated in the order.

Civil Litigation

On July 15, 2010, China Development Industrial Bank (“CDIB”) filed a complaint against MS&Co., styled China Development Industrial Bank v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated et al., which is pending in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County (“Supreme Court of NY”). The complaint relates to a $275 million credit default swap (“CDS”) referencing the super senior portion of the STACK 2006-1 CDO. The complaint asserts claims for common law fraud, fraudulent inducement and fraudulent concealment and alleges that MS&Co. misrepresented the risks of the STACK 2006-1 CDO to CDIB, and that MS&Co knew that the assets backing the CDO were of poor quality when it entered into the CDS with CDIB. The complaint seeks compensatory damages related to the approximately $228 million that CDIB alleges it has already lost under the CDS, rescission of CDIB’s obligation to pay an additional $12 million, punitive damages, equitable relief, fees and costs. On February 28, 2011, the court denied MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss the complaint. On June 27, 2018, MS&Co. filed a motion for summary judgment and spoliation sanctions against CDIB. On December 21, 2018, the court denied MS&Co.’s motion for summary judgment and granted in part MS&Co.’s motion for sanctions relating to spoliation of evidence. On January 24, 2019, CDIB filed a notice of appeal from the court’s December 21, 2018 order, and on January 25, 2019, MS&Co. filed a notice of appeal from the same order. On March 7, 2019, the court denied the relief that CDIB sought in a motion to clarify and resettle the portion of the court’s December 21, 2018 order granting spoliation sanctions. On May 21, 2020, the Appellate Division, First Department (“First Department”) modified the Supreme Court of NY’s order to deny MS&Co.’s motion for summary judgment. On June 19, 2020, MS&Co. moved for leave to appeal the First Department’s decision to the New York Court of Appeals, which the First Department denied on July 24, 2020. Based on currently available information, MS&Co. believes it could incur a loss in this action of up to approximately $240 million plus pre- and post-judgment interest, fees and costs.

 

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On October 15, 2010, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Circuit Court of the State of Illinois, styled Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago v. Bank of America Funding Corporation et al. A corrected amended complaint was filed on April 8, 2011, which alleges that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to plaintiff of a number of mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans and asserts claims under Illinois law. The total amount of certificates allegedly sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. at issue in the action was approximately $203 million. The complaint seeks, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss the corrected amended complaint on May 27, 2011, which was denied on September 19, 2012. On December 13, 2013, the court entered an order dismissing all claims related to one of the securitizations at issue. On January 18, 2017, the court entered an order dismissing all claims related to an additional securitization at issue. After those dismissals, the remaining amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $65 million. At December 25, 2019, the current unpaid balance of the mortgage pass-through certificates at issue in this action was approximately $35 million, and the certificates had not yet incurred actual losses. Based on currently available information, MS&Co. believes it could incur a loss in this action up to the difference between the $35 million unpaid balance of these certificates (plus any losses incurred) and their fair market value at the time of a judgment against MS&Co., plus pre- and post-judgment interest, fees and costs. MS&Co. may be entitled to be indemnified for some of these losses and to an offset for interest received by the plaintiff prior to a judgment.

On May 17, 2013, plaintiff in IKB International S.A. in Liquidation, et al. v. Morgan Stanley, et al. filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the Supreme Court of NY. The complaint alleges that defendants made material misrepresentations and omissions in the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. to plaintiff was approximately $133 million. The complaint alleges causes of action against MS&Co. for common law fraud, fraudulent concealment, aiding and abetting fraud, and negligent misrepresentation, and seeks, among other things, compensatory and punitive damages. On October 29, 2014, the court granted in part and denied in part MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss. All claims regarding four certificates were dismissed. After these dismissals, the remaining amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $116 million. On August 11, 2016, the First Department affirmed the trial court’s decision denying in part MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss the complaint. At December 25, 2019, the current unpaid balance of the mortgage pass-through certificates at issue in this action was approximately $22 million, and the certificates had incurred actual losses of $58 million. Based on currently available information, MS&Co. believes it could incur a loss in this action up to the difference between the $22 million unpaid balance of these certificates (plus any losses incurred) and their fair market value at the time of a judgment against MS&Co., or upon sale, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, fees and costs. MS&Co. may be entitled to be indemnified for some of these losses and to an offset for interest received by the plaintiff prior to a judgment.

 

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In August of 2017, MS&Co. was named as a defendant in a purported antitrust class action in the United States District Court for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York styled Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System et al. v. Bank of America Corporation et al. Plaintiffs allege, inter alia, that MS&Co., together with a number of other financial institution defendants, violated U.S. antitrust laws and New York state law in connection with their alleged efforts to prevent the development of electronic exchange-based platforms for securities lending. The class action complaint was filed on behalf of a purported class of borrowers and lenders who entered into stock loan transactions with the defendants. The class action complaint seeks, among other relief, certification of the class of plaintiffs and treble damages. On September 27, 2018, the court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the class action complaint.

Settled Civil Litigation

On December 23, 2009, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle filed a complaint against MS&Co. and another defendant in the Superior Court of the State of Washington, styled Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., et al. The amended complaint, filed on September 28, 2010, alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $233 million. The complaint raised claims under the Washington State Securities Act and sought, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. On January 23, 2017, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On March 15, 2010, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Superior Court of the State of California styled Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco v. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. et al. An amended complaint, filed on June 10, 2010, alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in connection with the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The amount of certificates allegedly sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $276 million. The complaint raised claims under both the federal securities laws and California law and sought, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. On December 21, 2016, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On April 25, 2012, The Prudential Insurance Company of America and certain affiliates filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, styled The Prudential Insurance Company of America, et al. v. Morgan Stanley, et al. On October 16, 2012, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint. The amended complaint alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in connection with the sale to plaintiffs of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. was approximately $1.073 billion. The amended complaint raised claims under the New Jersey Uniform Securities Law, as well as common law claims of negligent misrepresentation, fraud, fraudulent inducement, equitable fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, and violations of the New Jersey RICO statute, and includes a claim for treble damages. On January 8, 2016, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

 

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On September 23, 2013, the plaintiff in National Credit Union Administration Board v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., et al. filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the SDNY. The complaint alleged that defendants made untrue statements of material fact or omitted to state material facts in the sale to the plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates issued by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. to plaintiffs in the matter was approximately $417 million. The complaint alleged violations of federal and various state securities laws and sought, among other things, rescissionary and compensatory damages. On November 23, 2015, the parties reached an agreement to settle the matter.

On September 16, 2014, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office filed a civil lawsuit, styled Commonwealth of Virginia ex rel. Integra REC LLC v. Barclays Capital Inc., et al., against MS&Co. and several other defendants in the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond related to RMBS. The lawsuit alleged that MS&Co. and the other defendants knowingly made misrepresentations and omissions related to the loans backing RMBS purchased by the Virginia Retirement System. The complaint asserted claims under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, as well as common law claims of actual and constructive fraud, and sought, among other things, treble damages and civil penalties. On January 6, 2016, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation. An order dismissing the action with prejudice was entered on January 28, 2016.

On April 20, 2011, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts styled Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston v. Ally Financial, Inc. F/K/A GMAC LLC et al. An amended complaint was filed on June 29, 2012 and alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $385 million. The amended complaint raised claims under the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act, the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act and common law and sought, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. On November 25, 2013, July 16, 2014, and May 19, 2015, respectively, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its claims against MS&Co. with respect to three of the securitizations at issue. After these voluntary dismissals, the remaining amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $332 million. On July 13, 2018, the parties reached an agreement in principle to settle the litigation.

On May 3, 2013, plaintiffs in Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank AG et al. v. Morgan Stanley et al. filed a complaint against MS&Co., certain affiliates, and other defendants in the Supreme Court of NY. The complaint alleged that defendants made material misrepresentations and omissions in the sale to plaintiffs of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. to plaintiff was approximately $634 million. The complaint alleged causes of action against MS&Co. for common law fraud, fraudulent concealment, aiding and abetting fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and rescission and sought, among other things, compensatory and punitive damages. On June 26, 2018, the parties entered into an agreement to settle the litigation.

 

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On April 1, 2016, the California Attorney General’s Office filed an action against MS&Co. in California state court styled California v. Morgan Stanley, et al., on behalf of California investors, including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California Teachers’ Retirement System. The complaint alleged that MS&Co. made misrepresentations and omissions regarding residential mortgage-backed securities and notes issued by the Cheyne SIV, and asserted violations of the California False Claims Act and other state laws and sought treble damages, civil penalties, disgorgement, and injunctive relief. On April 24, 2019, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

Beginning on March 25, 2019, MS&Co. was named as a defendant in a series of putative class action complaints filed in the Southern District of NY, the first of which is styled Alaska Electrical Pension Fund v. BofA Secs., Inc., et al. Each complaint alleged a conspiracy to fix prices and restrain competition in the market for unsecured bonds issued by the following Government-Sponsored Enterprises: the Federal National Mortgage Association; the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation; and the Federal Home Loan Banks. The purported class period for each suit is from January 1, 2012 to June 1, 2018. Each complaint raised a claim under Section 1 of the Sherman Act and sought, among other things, injunctive relief and treble compensatory damages. On May 23, 2019, plaintiffs filed a consolidated amended class action complaint styled In re GSE Bonds Antitrust Litigation, with a purported class period from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2016. On June 13, 2019, the defendants filed a joint motion to dismiss the consolidated amended complaint. On August 29, 2019, the court denied MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss. On December 15, 2019, MS&Co. and certain other defendants entered into a stipulation of settlement to resolve the action as against each of them in its entirety. On June 16, 2020, the court granted final approval of the settlement.

Additional lawsuits containing claims similar to those described above may be filed in the future. In the course of its business, MS&Co., as a major futures commission merchant, is party to various civil actions, claims and routine regulatory investigations and proceedings that the General Partner believes do not have a material effect on the business of MS&Co. MS&Co. may establish reserves from time to time in connections with such actions.

 

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Item 1A.

Risk Factors.

There have been no material changes to the risk factors set forth under Part I, Item 1A. “Risk Factors.” in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and under Part II, Item 1A. “Risk Factors.” in the Partnership’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

 

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

For the three months ended September 30, 2020, there were subscriptions of 179.0190 Class A Redeemable Units totaling $249,821 and 43.8480 Class Z Redeemable Units totaling $50,000. Redeemable Units are issued in reliance upon applicable exemptions from registration under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and Section 506 of Regulation D promulgated thereunder. The Redeemable Units are purchased by accredited investors, as described in Regulation D. In determining the applicability of the exemption, the General Partner relies on the fact that the Redeemable Units are purchased by accredited investors in a private offering.

Proceeds from the sale of Redeemable Units are used in the trading of commodity interests including futures, option and forward contracts.

The following chart sets forth the purchases of limited partner Redeemable Units for each Class by the Partnership.

 

              (d) Maximum Number (or
         (c) Total Number of Approximate Dollar
   Class A (a) Total     Redeemable Units Value) of Redeemable
   Number of  Class A (b) Average  Purchased as Part of Units that May Yet Be
   Redeemable Units  Price Paid per  Publicly Announced Purchased Under the
   Purchased*  Redeemable Unit **  Plans or Programs Plans or Programs

July 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020

  1,061.5340  $1,410.53  N/A N/A

August 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020

  1,636.5680  $1,471.41  N/A N/A

September 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

  1,034.6990  $1,481.33  N/A N/A
   3,732.8010  $1,456.85     

 

*

Generally, limited partners are permitted to redeem their Redeemable Units as of the end of each month on three business days’ notice to the General Partner. Under certain circumstances, the General Partner can compel redemption, although to date, the General Partner has not exercised this right. Purchases of Redeemable Units by the Partnership reflected in the chart above were made in the ordinary course of the Partnership’s business in connection with effecting redemptions for limited partners.

 

**

Redemptions of Redeemable Units are effected as of the end of each month at the net asset value per Redeemable Unit as of that day. No fee will be charged for redemptions.

 

Item 3.

Defaults Upon Senior Securities. None.

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures. Not Applicable.

Item 5.

Other Information.

Certain impacts to public health conditions particular to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that occurred after December 31, 2019 could impact the operations and financial performance of the Partnership investments subsequent to September 30, 2020. The extent of the impact to the financial performance of the Partnership investments will depend on future developments, including (i) the duration and spread of the outbreak, (ii) the restrictions and advisories, (iii) the effects on the financial markets, and (iv) the effects on the economy overall, all of which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted. If the financial performance of the Partnership investments is impacted because of these factors for an extended period, the Partnership performance may be adversely affected.

 

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Item 6.

Exhibits.

 

31.1  Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification (Certification of President and Director) (filed herewith).
31.2  Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification (Certification of Chief Financial Officer and Director) (filed herewith).
32.1  Section 1350 Certification (Certification of President and Director) (filed herewith).
32.2  Section 1350 Certification (Certification of Chief Financial Officer and Director) (filed herewith).

 

101.INS

  XBRL Instance Document.

101.SCH

  XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document.

101.CAL

  XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document.

101.LAB

  XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document.

101.PRE

  XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document.

101.DEF

  XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

CERES TACTICAL COMMODITY L.P.

 

By:

 

Ceres Managed Futures LLC

 

(General Partner)

By:

 

/s/ Patrick T. Egan

 

Patrick T. Egan

 

President and Director

Date:

 

November 12, 2020

By:

 

/s/ Steven Ross

 

Steven Ross

 

Chief Financial Officer and Director

 

(Principal Accounting Officer)

Date:

 

November 12, 2020

The General Partner which signed the above is the only party authorized to act for the registrant. The registrant has no principal executive officer, principal financial officer, controller, or principal accounting officer and has no Board of Directors.

 

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